An ex-Premier League footballer will be plying his trade for seventh-tier side Billericay Town after Jamie O’Hara signed for the club.
O’Hara played in England’s top division with Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers as well as stints in the Football League with Blackpool and Fulham, but will be playing for the Isthmian League Premier Division side until the end of next season.
The 30-year-old recently appeared on Channel 5’s reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother, and revealed that he was worried his stint on TV could end his footballing career.
He said: “When I came out of Big Brother, I had to be realistic about where I was going to play. I wasn’t getting a call (from league clubs) and this gives me a chance.”
It was announced that O’Hara will be forfeiting any wages if injury strikes, but does have a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave for Championship club or higher.
Billericay also recently signed former England international Paul Konchesky, but still sit three points off a play-off place in ninth.
The club have been taken over by multi-millionaire Glenn Tamplin, but could receive another financial boost thanks to one of Reality TV’s biggest stars.
On Monday, club chairman Dan Groves hinted that there could be truth to the rumours that ex-The Only Way is Essex cast member and current radio host, Mark Wright, is set to invest in the club.
Tamplin continued those hints saying: “I’m in negotiations with Mark, but I’m not sure if it will happen. There are no guarantees and we will see what happens.”
The new owner is also determined not to let the recent attention take away from the heart and soul of the club. He said: “I know this might look like a media circus but money isn’t important, it’s about attitude and energy. People have to be coming here for the right reasons. I want this club in the Football League with crowds of 5,000 and I don’t see why this can’t happen.”
Written by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)